Lovely Latin: Learning with Memoria Press
Do you teach Latin in your homeschool?
Memoria Press and their Latin programs have been an excellent mainstay in our homeschool since the very beginning, over 15 years ago.
We like to start our foray into Latin with a very gentle and basic approach beginning with Prima Latina. As one who wasn’t required to take ANY Latin in school, I really enjoy the gentleness of how Prima is presented as it is very basic but, at the same time a disciplined approach.
Prima Latina can be started as young as First Grade, but we tend to saunter in around 2nd or 3rd depending on the child.
You can easily transition into Latina Christiana from Prima without missing any important concepts or vocabulary. The audio CD is helpful, although the pronunciations are not Ecclesiastical, but Classical – so you may need to adjust for your child depending on which one you choose to follow.
- 25 lessons, each including grammar lessons appropriate for primary grades
- 5 vocabulary words with corresponding English derivatives per lesson
- A practical Latin phrase per lesson
- One line of a prayer per lesson that is learned in totality over 5 lessons
There are also DVDs to teach the lessons, but I have never used them/purchased them as the method is so easy to teach I felt they were unnecessary.
We also choose to create our own flashcards for vocabulary, derivatives and latin phrases as this method helps to build recognition and retention of the latin words.
At the end of each lesson (usually weekly) we drill vocabulary and any new prayers learned as well as latin phrases and any hymns learned.
After mastery of Prima Latina, the student is then ready to progress on to Latina Christiana I and Latina Christiana II. Each of these latin programs build on the previous program for an excellent beginning in Elementary & Middle School Latin studies.
After completion of both of these programs, my students have been more than ready to dive in to Henle Latin Units I & II in Junior High and continue through High School.
With Memoria Press, it’s easy to immerse your students in the study of Latin with the confidence that they will be able to tackle higher learning Latin in their college years.